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Drama People to Present ‘Great Expectations’

An adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic comes to the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in May.

Drama People brings to the stage an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center, May 4 and 5, 2023.

Experience the coming-of-age story of the orphan Pip as he journeys from the humble marshes of England to the bustling streets of London. Pip’s tale is filled with escaped convicts, a mysterious benefactor and anguishing heartbreak as he aims — with great expectations — to win the love of the beautiful but cruel Estella. 

Cast & Crew

The show is led by director Heather Wall, producer Kate Etue, and assistant director, Amanda Garner. This team of teachers mentors a completely student-led crew to design costumes, set, lighting and tech, under the guidance of stage manager, Haven Zimmerman. 

Junior Grey Etue and senior Juliette Wall play the lead roles of Pip and Estella, with junior Abigail Petit as the iconic jilted woman, Miss Havisham. Juniors Brayden Lentz and Elias Roberts play the kind and loyal Herbert Pocket and Mr. Wemmick. 

The roles of Pips’ family — Joe Gargery and Mrs. Joe — will be performed by juniors Daniel Frances and Anna Michelson, along with sophomore Abagail Falletti as “Aunt” Pumblechook. Freshmen Jonathan Weller and Malachi Kucejko play Pip’s schoolmate Bently Drummle and his guardian, Mr. Jaggers. 

Rounding out the cast, junior Josiah Martinez and senior Elijah d’Artenay play the mysterious criminals Magwitch and Compeyson. Freshman Nahum Roberts plays kind Biddy with seniors Timnah Roberts as Clara and Xavier Bradford as Aged Parent. Senior Micah Martinez completes the cast in a variety of supporting roles. 

Tickets & Showtimes

Tickets are $7 online at dramapeople.com and $10 day of. Email kate.etue@gmail.com for group sales info. Show times are May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., and a matinee on May 5 at 2 p.m. The theater is located on Columbia Avenue, near downtown Franklin.



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.